Holiday Event—Planning 101

Ah, the first snowfall in Toronto. Who’s ready for the holidays?

It’s the time of the year where you must be thinking (or dreading) about throwing that year end corporate holiday event, or even just a small bash for a close group of friends. No matter how you feel about the holidays, Encore’s got some tips and tricks to keep your holiday event planning skills on point!


1. Start NOW.

Your best option is to plan in advance. Some venues are booked a year in advance—if you’re having a big gig, you’ll most likely be renting a venue space and you want to make sure that you’ve got the spot! Save yourself the headache; if you know that a venue location will host the appropriate number of guests you have, aim for that one. Do not second guess yourself if your alternative option has less features than your first!

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2. Audio/Visual Equipment

Is your event going to be for corporate? Will there be a mic set up? Maybe you’ll want to make a speech to thank everyone for their hard work throughout the year? What about music and a DJ? Maybe a dance party to unwind with coworkers and friends. Grab those AV quotes from your venue. This can be extremely important while planning in a budget.

Image from EventSource
image from Eventsource


3. Impressive Food

Depending on your event’s style, you can go with serving classic h’ors d’oeuvres to help your guests settle in. When it comes to a plated dinner, everything looks just a bit more luxurious. Encore offers a holiday menu, catered towards having a very seasonal, festive event! Click here to check out our menu!

With our catering menu options, you’re sure to find something that will really wow your audience that will keep them talking about the party until the next!

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4. Mood Matters
Master the ways of lighting to set the mood for your guests. Our suggestions for a holiday event are dim, amber lights to create a cozy, warm glow effect. To add on, decorate with metallic accents and light will bounce off naturally—not to mention, they are extremely festive.

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image from InsideWeddings


That’s all we’ve got for you right now, Toronto! With the first snowfall, it’s hard not to think about the holidays arriving soon. Make sure you’re ready to tackle your holiday event—and even if you’re not, Encore is here to help you every step of the way!

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